Research Centre

Research is at the heart of all we do. We use it to gain feedback from the communities we support, build evidence-based projects and understand the impact of our work in the short, medium and long terms. Our research team has conducted numerous baseline surveys and impact studies to allow us to continuously assess community needs and monitor the impact of our work.

As Adara continues to grow, we are increasingly focussed on expanding and strengthening our research activities and sharing our findings widely, so others can build on our success and learn from our mistakes.



    Adara has been conducting research in Humla, Nepal, since our work began there in 1998. Our research team has conducted more than 10 years of baseline and follow-up surveys in 15 villages, to gauge a number of critical development indicators. This information has helped us monitor health, social and attitudinal changes associated with our projects.

    To conduct this research, our staff surveyed every household in each village where we work. Adara field and research staff also routinely participated in group meetings and focus discussions in each village, to discuss specific topics and get key insights from the participants. We have used the results of our research to monitor the progress of our programmes, and we routinely return to evaluate our progress.

  • Research is ingrained in every aspect of our work in Uganda. From the NICU at Kiwoko Hospital, to our community outreach work. We know that in order to deliver the best programmes, our work must be grounded in research and evidence. Below are just a few examples of the type of research we have carried out in Uganda over the years:

    • Adara, in partnership with the University of Washington’s Department of Paediatrics and Division of Neonatology have been diligently collecting data from the Kiwoko Hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for many years. This data set is one of the most significant of its kind in the world. It shows demographics, clinical diagnoses, characteristics, treatment and neonatal outcomes for every infant admitted to the NICU. Each quarter this clinical data is fed back into the NICU to help staff see patterns and to adapt programmes as necessary.
    • In 2012, Adara, in collaboration with Kiwoko Hospital, led a team of 20 local research assistants, who collected information from more than 500 homes across 17 villages. The team collected information on hygiene, disease prevention, and the impact of socioeconomic status on health problems. This survey allowed us to understand how to better serve the communities around Kiwoko Hospital.
    • In 2017, Adara’s collaboration partner Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) was awarded a Grand Challenges Canada grant. Adara is an implementation partner for this award and will be working with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Medical Research Council. The grant is for developing and testing a community-based early-intervention programme for infants at risk of disability and their carers. If this intervention is shown to be effective, this study could dramatically benefit children across the globe.
    • For more than five years, Adara has also been working closely with Kiwoko Hospital and our partners PATH, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital to design and perfect a Safe Bubble CPAP kit which does not rely on a power source and can be used in low-resource settings. In 2017, this collaborative team was announced as a Saving Lives at Birth grant recipient. This grant will fund a feasibility study of the bCPAP kit, which will take place in the Kiwoko Hospital NICU in 2018 for five months. This device has the ability to save hundreds of thousands of lives.


Based on our studies to date, the Adara research team has put together a number of papers on various development topics.


  • The community based healthcare team from Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda surveyed members of 510 households in 15 villages in the region about their health situations and concerns

  • ADARA research office analysed over 300 variables of interest from the community surveys conducted in Kiwoko Hospital’s catchment area

  • ADARA data collectors surveyed over 300 households in Humla for the latest baseline survey

  • The Humla community baseline survey was 34 pages long asking a range of questions to better understand the needs in the community